VBS Week in Full Swing
Vacation Bible School is in full swing at RUMC the week of July 27-31st. The theme for our VBS this year is “G-Force”, where kids are learning how to put their faith into action. G-Force focuses on missions and how to experience God’s unstoppable love. A theme of G-Force is kid-friendly transportation, from skateboards to bicycles and roller blades.

Our VBS children will be participating in a special worship program on Sunday at our 10 AM Service. Come out and meet the children in our neighborhood and find out what they learned from VBS this summer. After the service there will be a special potluck supper held in Crichton Hall in honor of another successful VBS campaign. Many thanks to Rolinda Smoak and her wonderful staff of volunteers for supporting our children this year!

Back-to-School Time Fast Approaching
July 4th has just passed, and soon it will be time to think about heading back to school. This year, as in the past, RUMC has partnered with our local elementary school, Riverview Elementary, to help the teachers and the students with emergency school supplies. As you see the “Back to School” displays at your local stores, remember to purchase supplies for the children at Riverview Elementary. School supplies can be collected and dropped off at the office.

Love Offering for Our Lay Pastor
On Sunday, August 2nd, we will be taking a love offering for the Lay Pastor of our Hispanic congregation, Norma Encarnacion. Over the past year, Pastor Norma has served as a volunteer leader of a small but vibrant congregation. This love offering will help defray the cost of the recent wedding of her daughter, and it will serve as an expression of our love for all of her hard work in the service of RUMC and Our Lord!

Pastor Merritt Temporarily Changes His Residence
Our pastor, Merritt Waters, will be temporarily relocating to Wesley Chapel between Friday, July 31st and August 9th. The purpose of this change is so that Pastor Merritt can take care of his 98 year old mother while his sister’s family is on vacation. The pastor will commute into the office as opportunity permits, and, in case of emergency, you can contact him on his cell phone at 

Thinking About Becoming an RUMC Member?
Anyone wishing to be baptized and/or becoming a new member of our church should contact the church office as soon as possible. You can join a substantial list of potential new members who we want to accept into our congregation later in August.

Classical Guitar Concert a Success
The Care Committee wants to thank everyone who came out on a rainy Friday night to experience master guitarist, Gerardo Perez Capdevila. Gerardo kept us thrilled with a selection of classical and flamenco guitar selections that demonstrated his superior skill on his instrument.

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The Bible Passage of the Week
Church Is Made of Many Parts

The Church of Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink. Certainly the body isn’t one part but many. If the foot says, “I’m not part of the body because I’m not a hand,” does that mean it’s not part of the body? If the ear says, “I’m not part of the body because I’m not an eye,” does that mean it’s not part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, what would happen to the hearing? And if the whole body were an ear, what would happen to the sense of smell? But as it is, God has placed each one of the parts in the body just like he wanted. If all were one and the same body part, what would happen to the body? But as it is, there are many parts but one body.

1 Corinthians 12:12-19 (CEB)

Pastors Message
Prayer Requests
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Service Times:
9:00 AM -- Faith Groups for All Ages
 (Sunday School)
10:00 AM-- Worship Service

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the August, 2015 BELL Newsletter from this link.
Online Giving at RUMC

Riverview First United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

We also offer a mobile app version of our online giving page. Now, you can give anytime using your smart phone or tablet. Simply scan the image found in your Sunday bulletin or monthly Bell Newsletter using your device’s QR code reader.
Celebrating 170 Years
Riverview First United Methodist Church was started in 1846, a year after Florida became a state.  On August 16th, our church will be celebrating the start of our 170th year of serving God and the greater Riverview community. You are warmly invited to celebrate with us on that Sunday with a Homecoming Service beginning at 10:30 AM.  We have invited former pastors, members and friends to participate with us.  Special singing and other surprises have been planned for that Sunday. Immediately following the service, there will be a covered dish luncheon. We look forward to fellowshipping with all our current and former members and friends.

To join us please RSVP by July 31st either by writing us at the 8002 U.S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL 33578 or calling us at (813)677-5995.
Calendar of Events

Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
Vacation Bible School.  Church Campus. Contact Rolinda Smoak at 453-0190 to help out.

Sunday, August 2
VBS Sunday. Special program, Sanctuary, 10 AM.
VBS Potluck Dinner.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:15 AM

Sunday, August 16
Homecoming Sunday. Sanctuary, 
10:30 AM.
Homecoming Potluck. Crichton Fellowship Hall, 12:00 Noon

Saturday, September 19
South Central District UMW Mission Study. First UMC, Brandon, 120 N. Knights Avenue, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM.

Saturday, November 6
Craft Fair and Harvest Festival.  Crichton Fellowship Hall and campus grounds, 8 AM- 3 PM.
Gerardo Perez Capdevila in Concert at RUMC.  Picture courtesy of Margo Holiday.
Crue's Crew on a Rainy Friday

Crue Savage's of RUMC's own Troop 83 has an ambitious Eagle Project.  His project is to tear down the crumbling retaining wall between Crichton Fellowship Hall and the back parking lot, and to rebuild it with new timbers.  On Friday, July 24th, Crue and his crew of fellow scouts, their families and assorted church volunteers began to tear down the old retaining wall.  Rainy weather hampered work on both Friday and Saturday, and a two-day project has been stretched into a two weekend project.